Police: One man shot over groceries, another shot over cigarette

Published 5:52 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2006

What can make a person mad enough to shoot someone — two bags of groceries or one cigarette?

Both, according to police in Greenwood and Pascagoula.

Greenwood police said Timothy Robinson, 29, remained hospitalized Monday at Delta Regional Medical Center in stable condition after being shot multiple times in an alleged dispute over two bags of groceries.

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In an unrelated attack, Pascagoula authorities said Vincent Knight, 25, of Moss Point was shot in the left shoulder Saturday after getting into a fight over a cigarette.

Pascagoula Police Lt. Paul Leonard said Knight was shot with a small caliber semiautomatic pistol after arguing with another man.

“The wounds are not life threatening at all,” Leonard said.

Authorities said Knight was attending a family gathering when relatives heard him screaming, “I’ve been shot.”

Leonard said a suspect has been identified, and would face a charge of aggravated assault.

In the grocery shooting, Walter Moore, 50, was charged with aggravated assault and was being held in the Leflore County Jail, Deputy Police Chief Huntley Nevels said.

Police say an argument turned violent Friday when Moore went to Robinson’s home to collect two bags of groceries that Robinson had been keeping for him.

Priscilla Robinson, the victim’s fiance, said Moore was a close friend to the couple.

She said the men argued because her fiance felt Moore should pay him for keeping an eye on the groceries. A list of the specific items in the bags was not immediately available.

The men scuffled before the shooting, Priscilla Robinson said.

“He’s still hurting. He was shot eight times,” she said.